Less than a week since we said our final goodbyes to Maya Angelou, we lost another star. With heavy hearts we report that actress, activist, and stage legend Ruby Dee passed away yesterday (June 11th) in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91 years old.
“We have had her for so long and we loved her so much,” her daughter Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press today (June 12) while she confirmed her mother’s death.
“She took her final bow last night at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren.” Her daughter said. “We gave her our permission to set sail. She opened her eyes, closed her eyes and away she went.”
The Cleveland-born Emmy and Grammy winner is known best for her role in A Raisin in the Sun (Broadway version), Roots: The next Generation, and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever. She often starred in films beside her husband Ossie Davis (he passed away in 2005) and they also costarred in their own show Ossie and Ruby.
We send our condolences to her family , friends, and fans around the world.